Austria Off The Beaten Path

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Austria Off The Beaten Path

  • Hundertwasser

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    There is no doubt about that Hundertwasser Haus will occupy your attention at the very first glance. First you will seem that this is a joke or a creation reminiscent of the story of "Hansel and Gretel". My first impression was as if the house has made by a playful, imaginative and very talented children. In fact it is true that all similar works...

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  • Walking & hiking

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    It is safe to say that most people confine themselves to the old city centre when traveling to Salzbrug. The is, after all, where the funicular to the Festung is as well as the Dom (main Cathedral) and Mozart's birthplace. But if you travel across the bridge into the pedestrian area and stay to the right until there is an opening you will find the...

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  • Outside Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    If you have some spare time and happen to love medieval towns, then I would suggest taking a 10km drive to HALL IN TIROL. There is public transport available. The historic centre is wonderful, just left how it was! Most of the buildings are from the 15th century. There are many churches and they are wonderful, well worth going inside for a look....

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  • churches

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    The Order of the Teutonic Knights was purely German military religious society founded in 1190 in the Holy Land. Templars were backed by the French crown and supported they French interests in Holy land and Hospitallers were English institution. That's why Emperors of Holy Roman Empire needed their own national political and military tool in Holy...

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  • Königssee

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    The Königsee is one of the nicest lakes in the area, if the weather is nice take a boat to St. Bartholomä (it is not posible to walk there), a beautiful baroque chapel or to Salet (not in winter) from where you can walk to the Obersee. And take care the weather can change very fast, when i was there last the weather was great but i had to wait 30...

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  • Mountains around Innsbruck

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    What a place, and what a memory of climbing this particular place. OK, facts first. Sonnbendjoch is found in the Ursprungspass in the Tyrol overlooking the town of Kramsach. It's one of many stunning peaks, Sonnbendjoch being 1986metres above sea level, the highest being the Rofanspitze at 2259metres, which overlooks the Zireinersee, a small...

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  • excursions from Vienna

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    Bratislava is a capital of Slovakia, it is almost like a border town with Austria, Hungary is also not so far. As a capital, it is one of the main touristic objects in Slovakia. Old town, castle territory, Petrin hill, Devin suburb can be visited. To make city more important, one fact can be mentioned - it was even a capital of Hungary for some...

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  • The Beer experience

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    If you are at all interested in Beer and how its made get yourself along to the Steigl Brauwelt Brewery. Its near the centre of Salzburg - just catch the no.1 Line bus and get out at the Brauhausstrasse stop. Ask the bus driver to let you know which one it is- ours was very helpful.When you get off carefully cross the road- its on a bad bend - and...

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  • Dom zu St. Jakob

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    In the rest of the 'off-the-beaten-path' tips I want to give you an impression of the beautiful interior of this cathedral. In this picture you can see the altar of the Dom zu St. Jakob.

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  • Jugendstil / Art Nouveau

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    This is the Pavillon on Karlsplatz, that used to be a "Stadtbahn"-station once and while it's equivalent is used as a cafe, this one is a great museum with changing exhibitions, but it is mainly interesting for visitors beeing interested in Vienna's Art-Nouveau-style, because the building was restored recently and it also shows some small-scale...

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  • Mondsee

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    We took the Sound of Music tour in the morning. The 'Sound of Music' tour took us to Helbrunn Castle and Gardens, Mondsee (cathedral in photos 2 and 3), Leopoldskron and all the way to St. Gilgen and the lake in Wolfgangsee (last two pictures). Our son won a prize for knowing the name of Maria's mountain (about 10km away from the convent/school)....

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  • Schloss Ambras

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    and is definitely worth a visit. The park is quite big and in excellent condition. There is a pond with ducks and black swans, a children playground, botanical garden, mase, fountains waterfalls, brigdes....

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  • 1.Bezirk / 1st district

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    Vienna is city of art, decorated with so many monuments, sculptures and fountains, dislocated all over the city and its parks. Many facades and corners of the houses are adorned with small sculptures which illustrating certain events important for their owners or symbolizing their professions. Such a details usually capturing attention of the...

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  • House of Nature

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    The Natural Museum is an attracting destination and a must for students from all over Upper Austria. The museum has 80 rooms for exploration filled with nature attractions, an aquarium, reptile zoo, exhibitions, cafes on the terraces, etc. 5 Museumplatz +43 0662 84 26 53 0 fax +43 0662 84 79 05 open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. office@hausdernatur.at ...

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  • Mariahilfkirche

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    We sat dining al fresco with the church behind and, even after seeing what Italy had to offer, I still went in and had a peek. I've never been disappointed doing that in Europe; from Mainz to Monreale, they all have something to offer and, what a pleasant backdrop to lunch.

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  • parks & gardens

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    The Sternwartepark was opened to the public only in May 2013. In the middle stands the University Observatory (under renovation at the moment) built by Fellner & Helmer (famous for the construction of for theatre and concert halls) 1874 to 1879. The park is considered as a natural monuments and was left alone for a long time, most of the ways and...

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  • Augustine Monastery

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    The highlight of the Augustine Monastery is the beer hall in the lower levels. It's a great experience to buy some food from the halls surrounding the main eating area and then to choose your own ceramic mug and indulge in a great brew in such beautiful surroundings.

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  • Graveyards

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    As we came down from the mountain we came into a suburb called Hotting. There was a nice church here that had the most amazing graveyard we'd ever seen. OK, maybe graveyards aren't to everyone's taste, but there are some lovely ones to be found. In Austria we saw lots of them, but this one was the nicest.

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  • museums

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    Hofmobiliendepot is the store of the furniture of the royal family that was transported togeather with the royal families, when they moved for a few weeks from one palace to another one. You have the feeling to walk through endless corridors of an auction-house, while passing by the original furniture that was used by austrian emperors and their...

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  • Music at the Cathedral and Other...

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    This is well worth the climb - go to the service at 7pm and hear the nuns signing simply beautiful. We thought we'd be the only people at the service, but it was packed and people were standing. It well worth attending this 15 minute service.

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  • Outside Austria even

    Innsbruck Off The Beaten Path

    If you are staying in Innsbruck for a long time, you could take a trip over to Italy. It's just a few hours drive on the autobahn, and there are lots of great places to explore in the north of Italy. When the winter and the cold has started in Innsbruck, it's still a nice temperature in these places. Going to Merano was one of my favorite...

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  • architecture

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    Palais Schwarzenberg was built in the 18th century as the summer palace of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Austria. Their next-door neighbour was Prince Eugen in his summer palaces at Belvedere. The Schwarzenbergs had their base in Bohemia, it’s the very same family that played an important role through imperial Austria and...

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  • The Alps

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    This lovely little village near Salzburg was breathtaking. Situated along Lake Wolfgang, or Wolfgangsee as the locals refer, the village is nestled at the base of the Alps, with houses and shops flooding over with flowers. Sit and take in the sights, or browse the shops - either will provide restful calm as you make your way through the byways in...

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  • Wine Tasting and Vineyards

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    Kahlenberg can be reached from Grinzing on bus 38A. It is 484m high, set in the midst of the Vienna Woods and famous for its views. Unfortunately for us the views were not clear when we visited. There is a café, souvenir shop and church here. It is the starting point for various walks.

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  • Sound of Music

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    Sunday, we (my grandmother and I - BB) went on the Sound of Music tour and saw where it was made. In the movie it looked like one house, but it was many places. Our guide was a Canadian My grandmother wrote: Today we took the Sound of Music tour which was guided by a Canadian. It was really excellent – the movie was a conglomerate of a number of...

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  • Classical music

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    Mozarthaus is the name of a newly restored building just a few meters behind the Stephansdom. It was there, where Mozart lived the last 3 years of his life 1784 bis 1787 and where he had died. He had quit a large appartment there with a total of 6 rooms and a kitchen, you will learn about his friends, his financiers, his problems with money... It...

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  • Grossgmain

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    Next to the pilgrimage church in Grossgmain there is a very special garden. It's called Mariengarten, garden dedicated to Mary. However, this garden combines the Catholic belief in Mary with the belief of the old religions in nature. It was done with respect to the zodiac, to the setting of the planets at the time of planting. Stones are arranged...

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  • Jewish Vienna

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    I have always been interested in one question; which is why most synagogue in central Europe has been built in such a way that are compressed between two neighboring buildings and commonly are located in come narrow alley so that taking pictures of the temple in total is almost a mission impossible. I only recently learned of the Edict issued by...

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  • Mauthausen

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    This is a concentration camp east of Salzburg about an hour or so. It was truly a moving experience. I later visited Auschwitz in Krakow, and can say that Mauthesen is somehow are more somber visit (if that is possible). I think the reason for this is that one walks through gas chambers and cremation rooms which gives me chills just thinking about...

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  • Kaffeehaus

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    This place was opened in 1873 and it is consider one of the most famous and traditional cafés in Vienna. Sigmund Freud was frequently having his coffee here. This is a very nice and charming place to spend some hours during lazy evening day during the summer!! Metro: U2 Schottentor or Universität; U3 Herrengasse address:1st...

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  • Chess

    Salzburg Off The Beaten Path

    Playing chess in the center of old town Salzburg. The pieces are about 3 feet tall, and the man playing throughout the day on weekends love a good challange (I lost badly). From the top of the Castle, you can actually watch a game through the binoculars.

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  • Karlskirche & Karlsplatz

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    The Karlsplatz (Charles Aquare) is a special place to roam around in. Here, in between the huge Karlskirche (Charles church), the city centre with the Artists House (Kunstlerhaus), the conservatorium (Muzik Verein) and the City historical museum, one can find pleasant open space with playgrounds for children, small café's in Jugendstil metro-houses...

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  • Schönbrunn

    Vienna Off The Beaten Path

    "I go, where the Kaiser is going to WALK" - "Ich gehe, wohin der Kaiser zu Fuss geht"... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This proverb is used very often in Austria, when someone would like to talk with a man about a horse, or a Lady wants to powder her nose... . And THIS is the real place, that also the emperor went to WALKING -...

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  • Ruine Aggstein

    Ruine Aggstein is a medieval castle of robber-barons in the Danube-valley between Melk and Krems. A steep and rather small one-way-track leads up the hill, where you have a tremendous view over the valley - the old knights really knew where to build their castles and from their castle they had a great place to watch out for victims who would have...

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  • Gmunden - a great excursion from...

    Gmunden and the Traunsee make a great day-excursion from Salzburg. Schloss Orth is the name of that wonderful water-castle built on an island of Traunsee, it is a famous place for wedding-ceremonies. The castle once belonged to a prince of the Habsburg-family, who did not return from South America in the 19th century.Gmundner Porcelain is well...

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  • The Schloss Leopoldskron Palace

    The Schloss Leopoldskron Palace is a privately owned villa located on the outskirts of Salzburg. Anyone familiar with the movie, The Sound of Music, will recognize it as the setting for the von Trapp home. The Schloss Leopoldskron Palace was built in the early 1700s in the Rococo style of architecture by Prince-Archbishop Leopold Anton Firmian as...

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  • Ehrenhausen

    Ehrenhausen in Southern Austria, near town of Leibnitz, is too cute to be missed. This idyllic small village is surrounded with green hills and beautiful nature that offers ultimate tranquillity. Historic Ehrenhausen has many cultural sights, like the mausoleum of Ruprecht, baron of Eggenberg, the Baroque parish and pilgrimage church with its...

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  • Roiten - Hundertwasser-museum & his hut

    Rointen is a small village in the north-west of Vienna (drivingtime there is about 1,5 hours by car). The famous painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser used to live there in a tiny hut without running water, right in the middle of the giant woods there. (The name of this hut is "Hahnsäge" , see it in my 1st and in my last picture).In Roiten you will...

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  • Vienna : Dont miss Palais Liechtenstein

    This is one of the most beautiful palaces that you will be able to see in Vienna and it also shows the most beautiful royal carriage in Vienna, dont miss it !Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna is a lot larger than the royal palace of the family in Vaduz/Liechtenstein and here in Vienna you will also see most of the treasures of this ancient noble...

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  • Kufstein: where the sewingmachine was...

    Did you know that the modern type of sewing-machines was invented by Josef Madersperger , an Austrian who was born in Kufstein ? Madersperger Museum of sewing machines is a small museum with free entry built inside the house, where Josef Madersperger was born in October 6th, 1786. He is the inventor of the modern sewing-machines, dating back to the...

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  • Vienna: exotic butterflies in the...

    This might be a great place to spend an afternoon on a rainy day and a lot of fun for the whole family:The Schmetterlingshaus next to the Palm-house in the Hofburg-garden in Vienna (house of Butterflies). This great tropical garden is inside the right wing of Palmenhaus/Orangerie of the Hofburg and it is open all of the year ! It is not made like a...

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  • Graz : "the friendly alien"

    This is the most modern building in Graz : the Grazer Kunsthaus and it also called a "friendly Alien" ! This museum of modern art was built in 2003 by the architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier ! Somehow it looks funny and interesting, and so I took my picture from the Schlossberg ! Grazer Kunsthaus is close to Suedtirolerplatz and Hauptbrücke...

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  • Fûcking : a funny name without a meaning...

    This might be a great and funny excursion from salzburg for all people with a good sense of humor : You will find a village called Fûcking north of Salzburg and all you need to get there is a car and a few hours to spare !It is certainly no big loss when you dont go there, BUT some people love to take a photo there this is why I mention it here...

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  • Salzburg: the Red-Bull-museum in Hangar7

    This is a place that you really should not miss, when you travel to Salzburg and love modern racingcars and helicopters, airplaines etc.:Hangar7 - the private collection of Mr. Red Bull , yes its a drink from Austria, did you know that ?All exhibits in that museum are well arranged inside a hyper-modern hall that was constructed next to the airport...

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  • Oberndorf: where "Silent night" was...

    When you are travelling to Salzburg and have half a day to spare: Why dont you just take an excursion to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, where the famous Christmas-song was composed and performed for the first time in the so-called "Silent-Night-chapel"The original church does not exist anymore, it was damaged by high floods of the river Salzach and was...

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